PAYS plans major sports complex

02 November 2001

Tender documents will be issued in March for an estimated KD 23 million ($74 million) contract involving the construction of a major sports complex at Ardiya. The government is planning several other projects aimed at expanding Kuwait's sports infrastructure, including the construction of the Jaber al-Ahmed stadium in Kuwait City (MEED 11:5:01).

The Ardiya complex is to comprise a multipurpose hall, with 10,000 seats; two Olympic-standard swimming pools, with spectator seating of 3,000; a diving pool; a 60-room hotel; and a 2,500-vehicle car park. The proposed facilities will be built over a total area of 110,000 square metres.

The consultant is The Associated Engineering Partnership, local. The client is the Public Authority for Youth & Sports (PAYS).

PAYS is also the client for the Jaber al-Ahmad stadium project. Up to 10 contractors are expected to be prequalified for the estimated KD 30 million ($96.6 million) project out of the 34 that applied for prequalification in May.

The 60,000-seat stadium, to be built over a total area of 130,000 square metres, will have multi-tiered stands covered by a cable net structure. The main area will comprise a soccer field and facilities for track and field events to be built to international standards. The construction period is 18 months; the consultant is Germany's Weidleplan (MEED 2:2:01).

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